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- Object: Westminster races.
The three candidates for Westminster end their race: Hood (left) on a galloping horse, saying, "Worthy Sr Cecil I'm sorry for You, but don't be discourag'd, a Scrutiny shall do your Business at any Rate". Not a length behind gallops Fox, holding up his hat and looking round with a triumphant smile at Wray. Over his head are the words:
"It is not in the force of mortal Arm, Scarsely in Fate",
"to bind the struggling soul, that gall'd by wanton power"
"indignant swells against Oppression."
Wray (right) is mounted on a braying ass, which kicks, its fore-feet firmly planted; he has dropped the reins, and lost his stirrups; his hands are folded and he is looking down with a melancholy expression, saying: "Give me a helping hand, my Lord, or I'm undone". In front of his ass's head is a signpost inscribed 'Distance Post'. Beneath the design is etched:
'A Political Heat, run in Covent Garden, between Old Veteran a famous Horse the Property of his M.....y, Dutchess a Filly, the Property of the Duke of D.......e, and Judas an Obstinate Ass, who was clearly distanced.' 19 May 1784
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Height: 215 millimetres
Width: 352 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
Fox's success is attributed to the Duchess of Devonshire, as in BMSat 6588, &c. For Wray as Judas, see BMSat 6492, &c. For his defeat see BMSat 6562, &c. For the scrutiny see BMSat 6553, &c. See also Appendix I.
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